We decided to have a girls only holiday and we opted for Krabi and decided to stay in Ao Nang. After reading many reviews, we decided to stay at Sala Talay. We selected this hotel based on the location of the hotel which is a stone throw away from the beach which is a big plus. This hotel is also fairly new and there are only 28 rooms. It also offers free wifi around the hotel as well as in room which most hotels in Ao Nang does not offer. All you have to do is get a password from the reception when you check in and you're set for the rest of your stay there. If you happen to not have a smartphone or a laptop with you, there are two computer near the lobby that you can access 24 hours a day.
Our rates included breakfast and the spread was good. I must admit I have had better buffet breakfast selections at other hotels but what this hotel offered was more then sufficient. They provided both western and Thai food selection for their breakfast with option to have eggs cooked to your preferences. The view from the breakfast area is beautiful, it overlook the beach in front of the hotel. The service from the staff was good, attentive but not over the top.
The walk into Ao Nang town centre is only a brisk 20 minutes walk from the hotel. We walked into town each day a few times a day and we did it with ease. There are heaps of massage places along the way into town as well as in town and they are pretty much charges the same for their treatments. Honestly, we encountered excellent massages to mediocre massages so you just have to try a few and decide which is best for you. There are also a few 7 eleven along the way which happened to run out of stock on a lot of items due to the bad flood in Bangkok but otherwise it should be sufficient to provide you with all the drinks and snacks that you need. Sala Talay does provide free bottled water every day in room so you need to worry about buying bottled water.
We also decided to do a Phi Phi island hopping day tour and it was fantastic. If you are there, you must do this day tour. There are quite a few tour companies but after much research we opted for Koh Phi Phi Tour company and it was excellent. We paid THB1400 and it included hotel pick up and transfer, lunch and all the activities including gears for snorkelling for the entire day. We have heard many dodgy tour operators but these guys are good. Kept the group to a small manageable amount and the lunch spread was very good.They also provide chilled cold bottled water throughout the day and it was very much needed. We had an amazing time and met some very nice people.
We did ended up trying room service on one of our night there due to the massive storm that hit Krabi. Surprisingly the price the hotel charges was pretty much the same as restaurants along the strip and it was actually good. We also realised that the hotel charges good price for their selection in the mini bar for example they only charged THB40 for a bottle of Evian and THB20 for a can of coke. Even in restaurants, they charged THB40 for a can of coke or equivalent.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. We also tried the massage treatment at the Spa in the hotel and it was good. The pool in the hotel was excellent and it was so clean. There is also a bar close by to the pool which you can order drinks and enjoy while swimming in the pool. Though it was a girls only holiday, this place would have been prefect for couples and I will definitely stay at Sala Talay again with my boyfriend the next time I head back to Krabi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The contemporary boutique resort of SALA TALAY is located on Ao Nang Beach. Unlike nearly all of the other resorts in Krabi, we are actually right on the beach, surrounded by lush tropical trees and greenery. We are one of the newest and most contemporary of the resorts in Ao Nang. ... more less
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